The birth of a new life is always cause for celebration, particularly those of an endangered species, however this delivery is extra special as it marks the first of hopefully many baby elephants to be born at the newly established Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury.
Situated on the banks of the tranquil Nam Tien Lake, a mere eight kilometres from the town of Sayaboury, the Elephant Conservation Center is already home to a growing number of elephants. This new birth increases the existing herd to seven, with the arrival of a further two elephants also expected in the shape of mother and calf from Ban Viengkeo, whom will make the journey from Hongsa to the Center when the baby is strong enough to travel.
The Elephant Conservation Center, launched in association with conservationorganisation ElefantAsia, is the first of its kind in Laos. Not another elephant camp, the Center is specifically designed to promote breeding within remaining elephant populations, working to avoid extinction of the species through the implementation of a managed breeding programme.
With an innovative approach that combines conservation of the Asian elephant with eco-tourism, the Center offers a unique experience for guests wishing to discover and experience more about the natural environment, the culture of the Mahout and endangered species management in Laos. Guests can also take opportunity to trek in the forest, explore the lake by boat, or simply while away an hour or two watching the calves play - with not one, but an expected three baby elephants plenty of mischievousness is surely a guarantee.
Born to mother Mae Thongkhoun under the supervision of ECC staff, this new baby elephant, a male, will share the same name ‘Noy’ meaning small with the other calves at the Center until the age of two or three when during an official animist ceremony he will chose his own name through the selection of specially carved sugar cane.
Be one of the first to see the new born elephant. To make a booking or for further information about the Elephant Conservation Center, please visit website : www.elephantconservationcenter.com
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